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Hippotion eson (Common Striped Hawkmoth)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Panorpida > Amphiesmenoptera > Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) > Glossata > Coelolepida > Myoglossata > Neolepidoptera > Heteroneura > Ditrysia > Apoditrysia > Obtectomera > Macrolepidoptera > Bombycoidea > Family: Sphingidae (hawkmoths) > Subfamily: Macroglossinae > Genus: Hippotion

Hippotion Eson Female

Hippotion eson female [photo J. Joannou ]

Host-plants eaten by larvae in southern Africa

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum Lily)


Impatiens spp.

The host-plant records for this species are for garden ornamentals but there are 4 indigenous species in southern Africa.


Bougainvillea sp. 

Garden ornamental.


Fuchsia sp. 

Garden ornamental


Richardia sp.

Naturalised in southern Africa.


Ampelopsis sp. 

A garden ornamental, originating from Asia or North America.


Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy)

A garden ornamental, originating from North America.


Vitis vinifera (Grapevine)

A cultivated species, originating from the orient and northwest India.



Text by Hamish Robertson